Daniil Medvedev vs. Lucas Pouille
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 12, 2019, 11:30 AM (EDT)|
Tennis Club Weissenhof
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Daniil Medvedev and Lucas Pouille meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Stuttgart Open.
Daniil Medvedev enters this tournament on a four-match losing streak and is fresh off losing a rough five setter in the French Open against Pierre-Hugues Herbert that took nearly four hours to complete. Medvedev has had issues with his second serve during this stretch and his 50 unforced errors in his most recent match certainly didn’t help. The good news is that each of Medvedev’s last three losses have gone the distance, so it’s not like he’s getting mopped out on the court in these results. A more consistent second serve would easily turn some of these frustrating losses into victories for the top-15 Russian. Medvedev has lost his opening match in four of his last eight tournaments. Medvedev has split his last six matches on grass court.
Lucas Pouille is coming off a three sets win over Feliciano Lopez that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Pouille won 76 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Pouille won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on one of his six break points. Pouille got 61 percent of his first serves in play and saved two of his three break points. It was a much needed victory for Pouille, who entered this tournament losing three of his last four matches. Pouille hopes to win back-to-back matches on the main tour for the first time since making the semifinals of the Australian Open. Pouille has split his last eight matches on grass court.
These two have played three times and Pouille has won all three matches, including the most recent meeting in last years French Open. This will be the first match on grass. Two of the three matches were decided in straight sets.
Both of these players are trying to find their form, so it will be interesting to see who can string together a couple of winning performances. Pouille has the clear head to head advantage, but Medvedev is the better player and has shown more progress lately in his losses. As long as Medvedev can clean up the unforced errors, you have to like his chances to take control of the points and get a feel good victory.
Complete toss-up, but Pouille seems to be having more issues with finding his game.